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Rare Photos Reveal Life For Mexican Farm Workers Of The Bracero Program

When the United States sent most of its young men off to fight in World War II, it created a shortage in the nation’s work force. As Time points out, one the areas most affected by the lack of labor was the farming industry, which needed as many hands as it could to help when harvest season approached. To balance out the shortage, the U.S. started the Bracero program, which legally allowed Mexican campesinos – farm workers – into the country. While the Bracero program provided many Mexican farm workers with better wages than they likely would have earned in Mexico, discrimination and exploitation were still part of the daily life.

The Bracero program began in 1942 and lasted until 1964.

In 1957, photographer Sid Avery, known for his work with celebrities, was given an assignment to capture life for these farm workers. The photos were published in the “Saturday Evening Post,” but afterwards the photos remained unpublished in any form and were basically lost for the last 60 years, Time reports.

Thanks to MPTV and Time, actual prints of these long forgotten images are now seeing the light of day, and they are providing a rarely seen glimpse into the world of the Bracero program. Time has several of these images available to check out, which we highly recommend doing.

[H/T] Time: Long-Lost Photos Reveal Life of Mexican Migrant Workers in 1950s America

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California Farm Workers Exposed To Toxic Pesticide Told To Seek Medical Help

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California Farm Workers Exposed To Toxic Pesticide Told To Seek Medical Help

Dozens of farmworkers in Bakersfield, Calif., were recently exposed to extremely toxic pesticides, Mother Jones reports. It is believed that the poisoning was caused by chlorpyrifos, a chemical found in the pesticide that was being used on crops in the area.

As the New York Times reported, chlorpyrifos chemicals have alarmed public health officials for years, and until recently were on the Environmental Protection Agency’s radar for banning. However, since President Trump appointed EPA head Scott Pruitt, the chemical was given the go-ahead. Mother Jones pointed out that the chemical in question was manufactured by Dow AgroSciences, whose parent company, Dow Chemical, gave $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee.

While more than fifty workers were exposed, only twelve workers reported symptoms of chemical exposure, including vomiting and nausea. Another twelve were checked but exhibited no symptoms. The remaining farmworkers dispersed before receiving medical attention, leaving their condition unknown.

Michelle Corson, a public health official for Kern County, released a statement, Kern Golden Empire reports, saying, “Anybody that was exposed, that was here today, we encourage them to seek medical attention immediately. Don’t wait. Particularly if you’re suffering from any symptoms. Whether it’s nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seek medical attention immediately.”

[VIA] Mother Jone’s: Trump’s EPA Greenlights a Nasty Chemical. A Month Later, It Poisons a Bunch of Farmworkers.

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